Tom O'Brien Audio + Quotes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Tom O'Brien met with the media this afternoon to discuss the upcoming game against Maryland.

Tom O'Brien

"It's good that the campus is empty and we can forget about the last game and move on to the next one."

"All they had to do was put on the tape and see how well they played this year because they played their way into the same situation."

"We're going to have to play our best game to win."

"They haven't turned the ball over. They've done a real good job of managing the game."

"Don Brown, we've known him from our days at Boston when he was at UMASS. He's always had great defenses."

"No, because I don't vote."

"We knew about him but we had other interests."

"He's done a good job of taking care of the football. He hasn't made many mistakes. Ralph does a good job of coaching quarterbacks... you maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses."

"You've got to try and get him out of his rhythm and back on his heels."

"I think they understand they've got an opportunity. They almost lost the opportunity at Clemson, but it's been given back to them."

"I think it's more important because of what is at stake and what's on the line. It's win or go home, which is an unusual situation to be in... I think it takes on significant more importance because of the fact you can stay alive and go to Charlotte and represent the state university in the first ACC [title] game in the state."

"Earl has grown a lot. He's taken the message of what he's got to do and has put it to work on the field. Nobody works harder in the secondary than he does."

"He understands the defense, he understands where he's supposed to be much better, and he's playing faster."

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